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History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

fail not, neither are there any who can stay his hand: from Eternity to Eternity, he is the same and his years never fail.
2. For thus saith the Lord, I the Lord am merciful and gracious unto those who fear me, and delight to honor those who serve me in righteousness, and in truth unto the end; great shall be their reward, and eternal shall be their glory; and to them will I reveal all mysteries; yea all the hidden mysteries of my kingdom from days of old; and for ages to come will I make known unto them the good pleasure of my will concerning all things pertaining to my kingdom; yea, even the wonders of eternity shall they know, and things to come will I shew unto them, even the things of many generations; their wisdom shall be great, and their understanding reach to heaven; and before them the wisdom of the wise shall perish, and the understanding of the prudent shall come to nought; for by my Spirit will I Enlighten them, and by my power will I make known unto them the secrets of my will; yea, even those things which eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor yet entered into the heart of man.
3. We Joseph Smith, Jr. and Sidney Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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, being in the Spirit on the sixteenth day of February in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and thirty two, by the power of the Spirit our eyes were opened, and our understandings were enlightened, so as to see and understand the things of God; even those things which were from the beginning before the world was, which were ordained

The conferral of power and authority; to appoint, decree, or set apart. Church members, primarily adults, were ordained to ecclesiastical offices and other responsibilities by the laying on of hands by those with the proper authority. Ordinations to priesthood...

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of the Father, through his only begotten Son, who was in the bosom of the Father, even from the beginning, of whom we bear record, and the record which we bear is the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, who is the Son, whom we saw and with whom we conversed in the heavenly vision; for while we were doing the work [p. 184]
fail not, neither are there any who can stay his hand:  from Eternity to Eternity, he is the same and his  years never fail.
2. For thus saith the Lord, I the Lord am mer ciful and gracious unto those who fear me, and  delight to honor those who serve me in righteous ness, and in truth unto the end; great shall  be their reward, and eternal shall be their glory;  and to them will I reveal all mysteries; yea  all the hidden mysteries of my kingdom from  days of old; and for ages to come will I make  known unto them the good pleasure of my will  concerning all things pertaining to my kingdom;  yea, even the wonders of eternity shall they know,  and things to come will I shew unto them, even  the things of many generations; their wisdom shall  be great, and their understanding reach to heaven;  and before them the wisdom of the wise shall per ish, and the understanding of the prudent shall  come to nought; for by my Spirit will I Enlighten  them, and by my power will I make known unto  them the secrets of my will; yea, even those things  which eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor yet  entered into the heart of man.
3. We Joseph Smith, Jr. and Sidney Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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,  being in the Spirit on the 16th of sixteenth day of February  in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight  hundred and thirty two, by the power of the  Spirit our eyes were opened, and our understand ings were enlightened, so as to see and understand  the things of God; even those things which were  from the beginning before the world was, which  were ordained

The conferral of power and authority; to appoint, decree, or set apart. Church members, primarily adults, were ordained to ecclesiastical offices and other responsibilities by the laying on of hands by those with the proper authority. Ordinations to priesthood...

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of the Father, through his only  begotten Son, who was in the bosom of the Father,  even from the beginning, of whom we bear record,  and the record which we bear is the fulness of  the gospel of Jesus Christ, who is the Son, whom we  saw and with whom we conversed in the  heavenly vision; for while we were doing the work [p. 184]
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JS, History, 1838–1856, vol. A-1, created 11 June 1839–24 Aug. 1843; handwriting of James Mulholland

1804–3 Nov. 1839. Born in Ireland. Baptized into LDS church. Married Sarah Scott, 8 Feb. 1838, at Far West, Caldwell Co., Missouri. Engaged in clerical work for JS, 1838, at Far West. Ordained a seventy, 28 Dec. 1838. After expulsion from Missouri, lived ...

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, Robert B. Thompson

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, William W. Phelps

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; 553 pages, plus 16 pages of addenda; CHL. This is the first volume of a six-volume manuscript history of the church. This first volume covers the period from 23 December 1805 to 30 August 1834; the remaining five volumes, labeled B-1 through F-1, continue through 8 August 1844.

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